July 30, 1996


On Thursday, August 1, 1996, at 9:30 a.m. the FCC will hold an Open Meeting on the following subjects: (1) Implementation of the Local Competition Provisions in the Telecommunications Act and (2) Restrictions on Over-the-Air Reception Devices.

This release describes various ways the public can access this meeting and the information that will be released describing Commission actions.

View meeting at FCC:

The meeting will take place in the FCC meeting room (room 856), 1919 M Street, NW, Washington, DC, and is open to the public. The following overflow rooms will be available for viewing the meeting on the FCC's closed circuit television system: Rooms 315 and 535 at 1919 M Street, NW; training rooms (A and 111) at 2000 M Street, NW; conference room 6324 at 2025 M Street, NW; and conference room 900 at 2033 M Street, NW.

View meeting via microwave channel:

George Mason University's microwave television channel, "The Capitol Connection" will carry the meeting and press conference in their entirety beginning at 9:30 a.m. For more information, please call: (703) 993-3100.

Telephone hook-up (for audio only)

There are two ways to access the meeting via the telephone:
  1. The FCC meeting and press conference are available live over a telephone line through a service of National Narrowcast Network at (202) 966-2211 or fax (202) 966-1770. This is a fee service which is billed directly from Narrowcast.

  2. Conference Call USA audio coverage is available only outside the Washington metropolitan viewing area by calling 1-800-962-0044. This is a fee service from The Capitol Connection.
At the conclusion of the meeting, after the Commission has voted on each item, the FCC will make available a news release describing each action. If you have any questions about whether a news release is available, call the FCC's Office of Public Affairs at 202/418-0500 or 202/418-0260. News releases are available at the FCC, from the FCC's duplicating contractor, and as described below.

FCC's fax on demand:

Call (202) 418-2830 and follow instructions to obtain document 2888 (news release summarizing FCC interconnection action) or document 2360 (news release summarizing over-the-air reception devices action). These releases will be available at the conclusion of the August 1 meeting.

FCC's Internet site:

All FCC releases are accessible through the FCC's Internet site. If you have access to the world wide web, use the url (address) "http://www.fcc.gov" to reach the FCC homepage. If you use (file transfer protocol), once you are logged into your provider service you may access the FCC homepage at "ftp ftp.fcc.gov." Use "anonymous" as your user name and your e-mail address as your password. In addition to the release, the text of the decision will be put on the Internet as soon it is released. To find out if text is available, check FCC Internet www site or call (202) 418-0500.

Video and audio tapes:

Video and audio tapes of the meeting are available for a fee from Telspan International at (301) 731-5355.

FCC copy contractors:

For a fee, copies of any FCC documents (including news releases and texts of decisions) can be obtained through the FCC's duplicating contractor, ITS, 1919 M Street, NW, Room 246, Washington, D.C. 20554, (202) 857-3800 or from one of the private distributors of the FCC releases. A list of distributors is available from the Public Service Division, 1919 M Street, NW, Room 254, Washington, DC 20554, (202) 418-0190.

For further information contact: Office of Public Affairs at (202) 418- 0500.


last updated 7/30/96